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Old 02-09-2013, 09:33 AM
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2008 328i convertible with 96000 miles

Hi i found 2008 328i convertible with clean car fax for $18600 with 96000 miles. What do guys think? 96000 miles?? Do you think it will cost i lot after 100000k to maintain the car?
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:53 PM
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:23 PM
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i purchased an 08 328i sedan with 48k miles 1 month ago for the same price, keep shopping.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:19 AM
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This roof can certainly be a can of worms.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:52 AM
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i purchased an 08 328i sedan with 48k miles 1 month ago for the same price, keep shopping.
Convertible is worth 5 grand more used though with the same miles. It isn't a bad deal price wise, but it is a pretty high milage car with a complicated top. The car itself has proven to be not too bad for reliability, especially the 328. Assuming it is an automatic, they can historically start to be problematic around 100k. 100k is also the magic number for a fair bit of maintenance, cooling system, bushings, all the fluids should be changed etc. Tops have had few issues, but if they go wrong are about 18 grand to replace!

If it was me, I would hold out for something with half the miles if you can afford to spend a bit more - cars wear out because of mileage not time, but depreciate on both, so lower mileage is a much better deal!
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If you want a reliable car with low maintenance costs, the convertible (at any mileage level) seems a poor choice compared to the sedan or the coupe.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:35 AM
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The convertible top has proven to be very reliable. As long as you lube the seals and linkage you should no issues except to replace the strings in the top that hold covers in place sometime in the future.
328 engine is a good engine so is the 335.
Remember many times you get people coming here after they get a problem car not a problem brand.

If it was me I would take advice on this forum with a grain of salt since advice from those that don't even own this car is to me not usefull and arm chair opinions.
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My 335 E93 has been bulletproof through 56K miles and I bought it new.
One item has been replaced since I bought this Euro Delivery, the glove box solenoid.
Nothing else

What can you expect to replace soon?
Struts and shocks at this mileage are usually worn out
Brake pads and rotors if not already done
If not done you need to flush the brakes, drop the pan (unless manual) and change the filter and refill the pan, change the diff fluid as well
From a cost perspective the struts and shocks are the heavier cost followed by the brakes.

If you have DIY skills none of these are hard to do and will save you a lot of money.
Also you need to locate a really good independent BMW shop as they will be much cheapier than the dealership.

328 E93 is a nice car and I would have zero issues buying it if the car is in good shape all around.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:19 AM
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FYI - mine is 5 years and 2 months old - no top issues except had the headliner strings replaced due to wear on the original part - updated part seems to have no issues.
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After the first few years convertibles take a while to loose value. Look at high mileage old MX-5s, Z4s, Z3s etc - if a car is half decent it fetches way more money than an equivalent age sedan.

Saying that recently I paid $31K for an E93 with 10.3K miles and it had a bunch of issues. Gave up on the dealer/ warranty and fixed many myself.

$18.6K for one with 96K miles... do you feel lucky? Could be bargain or could cost $6K+ to get right. Don't forget a new roof is $18,204.73 for the part alone. It's also worth noting the silver MX-5 below cost $18.2K brand new (20 miles on it then); in almost 10.5K miles, ~2.5 years it's not had a single issue. Fall->winter is the time to buy convertibles; about when the clocks change in March prices will go up.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:03 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I am going to test drive the car tomorow and take it to indepented bmw dealer and let them inspect the car and than i will decide.
Again thank you very much for the advice
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If you want a reliable car with low maintenance costs, the convertible (at any mileage level) seems a poor choice compared to the sedan or the coupe.

>AHEM<

Only the uninformed or those a little bit slow equate BMW with reliability. Ditto a maint queen - she usually falls in the middle.

But differentially, gotta agree. Addressing that: our much-loved Kat has gone to some trouble assembling the E93 guide to Creak, Squeak, & Leak prevention.

Kudos to the Kat!

There is little else, an indication that top problems are few. Pelican Parts put out some info but I have not seen YouTubes or detailed DIY posts on this.

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Number one complaint with the top is water in the cabin. Mine has been through many bad storms without leaking since doing this

Other than that lube all hinges with Wurth HHS-K Spray, clean any gunk build up off seals. When seals dry after cleaning apply again Gummi Pflege then Krytox a week later. Mine is squeak free and leak free
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